Number of dementia cases soars in Solihull
AN ageing population has seen dementia cases soar across Solihull and Birmingham in the last five years, putting more financial strain on councils.
The latest figures from the NHS have revealed that 8,675 people in those areas had a formal diagnosis of dementia in 2017- 18, or nearly one in every 20 people over the age of 64.
The figure is up from 8,463 people the year before, and just 6,452 people in 2012/ 13 – a rise of 32 per cent in the last five years.
The number of people known to have dementia has largely been rising year on year, partly due to the fact that the number of pensioners is also increasing.
While there were 167,007 people aged 65 and over living in Birmingham and Solihull in 201213, by last year there were 175,537. However, that five per cent increase is much slower than the rise in dementia cases, and that’s reflected in an increase in the prevalence of the condition.
Five years ago, 3.9 per cent of pensioners in Birmingham and Solihull had a diagnosis of dementia, while last year that figure had risen to 4.9 per cent.
While this is partly due to a big government push on diagnosing dementia in recent years, experts say that it is also linked to the fact that people are living longer, and so are more likely to develop dementia – and the situation is only going to get worse in the future.
Dr Alison Evans, Head of Policy and Impact at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We know that the number of people living with dementia is rising as people live longer than ever before.
“With more than one million people in the UK expected to be living with the condition in just three years, dementia is already putting a huge strain on families, carers and the NHS.
“With no treatments to cure, slow down or prevent the diseases that cause dementia, we must think about long- term solutions to this growing health crisis.
“Alzheimer’s Research UK is calling on the government to triple their research spend to help make breakthrough treatments possible.”